Athens Water Festival

Celebrate Drinking Water at the 7th Athens Water Festival

Discover why the Athens Water Festival is
one of the best family-friendly events Athens has to offer

We Treat Water Right!

Celebrate 80 years of drinking water delivery from the JG Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant during this year's festival. From the water in our rivers to the water delivered to our homes, "We Treat Water Right." Discover how during the Athens Water Festival.

What happens at the Athens Water Festival?

Water organizations come together to make water sparkle! Touch sea life, become a water drop, or create a water delivery system. With open-ended activities, participants of all ages enjoy the activities at the festival. To get an idea of what the festival offers, watch the official video from the 2012 Athens Water Festival. Click here to view!

New This Year

The festival isn't just for kids! This year features workshops to help adults use water wisely around the home. Learn how to build a rain barrel, make home-made natural cleaning products, and put together a drip irrigation system.

Shuttle Service

Don't let transportation keep you from getting to the festival! This year we are offering FREE shuttle service from the East Athens Health Center on McKinley Drive to Sandy Creek Park. The shuttle will leave the Health Center at 10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 1:00, and 1:40. It will leave Sandy Creek Park at 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 1:20, 2:00, and 2:40. Anyone entering the park on the bus receives FREE park admission!

Magic Water

Water is magical and Keith the Magic Man proves it. His show, "The Magic of Clean and Plentiful Water," reappears at this year's festival. Families are always amazed by his magic and ventriloquism.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Sandy Creek Park
400 Bob Holman Road


FREE festival activities
Park admission $2 per person ages 4-64
See more Athens Water Festival photos in the ACC Photo Gallery!
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Water Fun!

Check out the groups below for a few of the hands-on, interactive, and educational displays and games we have for festival participants of all ages to enjoy.
ACC Water Conservation: Send "water" through a pipe system you build, make dirty water clean, and help fire up the hydrants! ACC Stormwater: Follow a waterdrop through a maze, paint or build a rain barrel, and visit with Tortuga del Agua.
ACC Leisure Services: Join in a light saber battle, help create Cloud City, & swim in Lake Chapman. Canoes available for small fee.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful: Be a hungry sea turtle looking for yummy jellyfish - but don't be fooled by the plastic!
UGA Marine Sciences: Get up close & personal with creatures from the Georgia coast.
ACC Recycling: When you recycle, you are conserving water!
ACC Cooperative Extension & Master Gardeners: Make a pot out of newspaper & plant a seed inside. Remember to water! UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resource: Meet some animals who remind us of water's importance to all life
Upper Oconee Watershed Network: Walk along a mock stream and meet some of the creatures who make it their home.
State Botanical Gardens of GA: Water is essential to growing a garden that attracts wildlife. Sandy Creek Nature Center: Where does water go when it lands on Earth? The answer isn't always easy!
ACC Master Composters:Make edible "compost" to take home and eat. Yummy!
Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail:Create a boat for the recycled boat regatta and meet a few critters - they need water, too!
Peachy Green Clean Co-op: What do you get when life hands you lemons? A natural cleaning product to take home! Waterhshed UGA & EcoReach: Meet our aquatic swimming mates...the macroinvertebrates! Find out how they keep our water clean.
State Botanical Gardens: Stop by to pot
a drought resistant plant and take it home to add to your yard.
UGA Water Resource Team: Watch how easily litter can wash into our water systems & groundwater.
Little Squirts Area: Perfect for the little ones, come wash laundry, paint rain barrels, or fire up hydrants.
Public Utilities & Transportation and Public Works: Splash in the spray and explore the trucks needed to take care of our water in ACC
AND MORE: Capture a Pokemon, hunt for WaterSense, get a FREE water-efficient showerhead, and more!
You don't have to tell the kids, but we splash learning into a bucket load of fun. Most water festival activities meet the Georgia Performance Standards in science.
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